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Mill in South Tyrol, c. 1875

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
88.5×64.5 cm


  • Robert Russ

    (Vienna 1847–1922 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG4
The vertical-format painting *Mill in South Tyrol * by Robert Russ (1847–1922) shows a watermill marked by time and weathering, with a mountain stream running by that flows downward toward the viewer’s lower vantage point. Created around 1875, the painting is characterized a stark play of light and shadow, effected by clear air and bright sunshine. The true-to-detail and drawing-like painting style speaks to the influence of the Düsseldorf School of Painting and remained a distinctive characteristic of the artist’s work. Russ, who came to have great success already at a young age and, at 23, was appointed interim successor to Albert Zimmermann (1809–1888), his teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, went on many trips Germany, Holland, Italy, and the Lower-Austrian Wachau region. From the 1870s, he kept returning to South Tyrol for the summer, creating numerous works there, some also based on this very motif, such as the drawing Mill at Mals.

Object data

Mill in South Tyrol
Alternative title
Mill. Motif from Mals, South Tyrol III
c. 1875
Art movement
Atmospheric Impressionism
Oil on canvas
88.5×64.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 168
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Andrea Winklbauer: Robert Russ, 1847-1922, Monographie mit Verzeichnis der Gemälde, hrsg. von Marianne Hussl-Hörmann, Wien 2016.
  • Leopold: Meisterwerke aus dem Leopold Museum Wien, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Romana Schuler, Köln 2001.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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